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Vintage 1970s Authentic Cowhide Pilot Flight Briefcase, Made in Canada
Ultra-thick leather cowhide briefcase finished in a deep brown exterior; here's a case that will continue to stand the test of time! Very handsome indeed, they just don't make 'em like this anymore. These cases go by many names: messenger bag, lawyer's briefcase, accountant's case, teacher's attache bag, doctor's travel case - you name it. But it mostly resembles a pilot's flight bag. At first glance it looks an awful lot like a Jeppesen bag except that it has two handles like a dufflebag. Features two combination locks, both of which can set to different sets of numbers for added security. The locks were made by Presto, an outfit out of New Jersey.
Dimensions: Quite a large bag, perhaps suitable as "carry on luggage" at 18" long x 9" wide, and stands 13" tall (not including handles). The generously large interior could easily hold a cool couple million in unmarked bills. Or just a ton of papers, if that's your thing.
WHY is it dated 1970s? Inside a pocket we found a 70s Presto booklet explaining how to change the combinations for each lock. Booklet is included so you can figure out how to alter the combo.
Made in Canada by an unknown manufacturer (we scoured high & low and couldn't find any maker's marks aside from 'Made in Canada' printed on the inside). This briefcase was constructed with multiple thick layers of leather; the leather alone holds the case square and upright much like a suitcase but without any structural reinforcement.
CONDITION: No rips or tears to the outer case or handles, but it does have some external scuffs/scrapes appropriate for age & usage. Some small cracking has developed on the inside of the top flaps (can be seen in the last image #5). Locks function like new (keyless; the lock combos are currently set to '777' to open). Stitching is still tight and intact throughout; rivets are rock solid. Has 5 protective steel stoppers on the bottom, all of which are still there. The interior is clean and fitted with a plastic protective lining on all five sides and is like-new - except for the bottom which has a small hole due to the "fifth" middle steel stopper whose backing poked through. Nonetheless, the bottom lining is not attached and pulls out, and can be replaced or repaired. Lastly, there is an anagram "GLO" of old-style letters attached with glue to one of the top flaps, presumably placed there by the original owner.